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Featuring characters from JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit: of all the dwarves, Balin is the most "fatherly" toward Bilbo. i imagined them here on the eve of the battle of five armies.
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Rearda's avatar
A superb Balin! Great detail and expression; love the raven!
ElrondPeredhel's avatar
Bilbo look a lot like Pierre Gattaz here, the leader of the French bosses' union, I think Martin Freeman, though too thin, fits him better. ;)
I love all the details in Balin's armour. And the lovely clean lines. If only my pencil works were as neat.
EEHills's avatar
I've always liked Balin.
MornLandazar's avatar
Your Balin is the most Balin-like representation of Balin that I have ever seen.
In that simple gesture of him putting a hand on Bilbo's shoulder, you have captured the essence of the book-Balin.
TurnerMohan's avatar
thanks so much! balin was probably always my favorite dwarf, because he was the second oldest and basically second in charge, and of all the dwarves he seemed to be the most fond of bilbo, kind of a foil for thorin's (often) foul moods. hopefully one day i'll put up a better scan (without that rolled edge effect on the left side)
MornLandazar's avatar
You're welcome!
Just one more question (I asked the same thing on your Thorin picture):
What is written on Balin's ax?
Maybe: ''I am old, but I somehow still serve as the scout of Thorin and Co.'' :-P
TurnerMohan's avatar
that wouldn't have been bad, maybe in my next take on him ;D

it says "balin fundinul" lit "balin, fundin's(son)" or "balin son of fundin" it's the first two lines on his tombstone in moria, couldn't think of anything else to write.
Vjetrovnjak's avatar
I don't mind the movie-Balin's looks, but your version is one spear-length better than the film version.
TurnerMohan's avatar
thanks alot! movie-balin has grown on me, especially cause I thought the actor did a really good job, but in general I like mustaches on dwarves (though I guess tolkien never really specified did he?)
Vjetrovnjak's avatar
Ah, yes, Ken Stott did a great job in the film as a ''father-figure'' Dwarf.
I don't mind the lack of mustaches on the Dwarves, but I feel that Balin, as the oldest Dwarf in the company (at least in the movies), should've had mustaches.
I believe that somehow, he would have looked wiser with that addition.

As for Tolkien's Dwarf-mustache lore, I don't think he specified that fact, but I believe it goes without saying, because Dwarves are being born with their beards, and shave them off only when in deep shame.
Dwarf-Cartoonist's avatar
For me, dwarves without mustaches are fine. As long they have the beard. Nice illustration by the way.
MihailoSRB's avatar
Haha, at first I thought that the Raven was Balin's other axe! :D
Anyway, he is great! Favourited!
Belorepan's avatar
Haha, I see it too now!
It makes the picture even more awesome!
TurnerMohan's avatar
Haha! yeah i can see it. thanks. I'm usually a big fan of the big walrus mustaches on dwarves, but i gotta admit the sort of quaker beard look they gave balin in the movie is winning me over.
THIS IS AMAZING!
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SeekHim's avatar
I like all the detail on Balin's outfit!

GOD bless
John 3:16
The best rendering of Bilbo, sorry for the misspelling.
Probably, the best rendering of I've ever seen - meaning closest to my mind, when I first readed the book. Must have been 1980 or 81, in the pre- Peter Jackson era, when everybody was allowed to have their own imagination ;)-.
Great job.
Kitt-Otter's avatar
Aw, this is sweet moment. I love its tenderness, despite how armored up Balin is.
Orestix's avatar
Again the dwarf's expression is briliant, it's an excellent realistic depiction of how dwarves should be. The helmet, the nose, the beard, everything. The armor on the other hand...
The hobbit is just right too. No more, no less.
And fine pencil work.
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